My first published book was Dancing With Dementia: Recognizing and Coping with the Early Stages of Dementia.
The star of the book is Lizzie. I used an alternate name for Mom to protect her privacy but the stories in the book are all real.
Lizzie was a firecracker - from her early days growing up in Aberdeen throughout WWII to her time in a local nursing home where she was often the highlight of the day for many people.
Dementia is a cruel and nasty disease. The last few weeks have been difficult for Lizzie as she mostly lost contact with the world around her. She was put into palliative care and fell into a peaceful sleep. She passed away Monday morning without experiencing any pain.
Lizzie was known for her sense of humour, her adventurous spirit, her oh-so-colourful language, and her big heart. We will miss her sass, her spunk, and her stories.
Sleep well, Lizzie. Sleep well.